enclosed, flooded businesses. but a good bit of news tonight: the floodwaters are starting to recede. katie? >> couric: seth doane, seth, thank you. in other news, the surge in oil prices is not trickling but gushing down to the gas pump. in the past week, gas is up 20 cents to a nationwide average of $3.38 a gallon. that is the highest price in more than two years. despite higher gas prices, sales of general motors full-sized pickups soared 65% last month. g.m.'s sales overall were up 46%. chrysler: 13%. and sales by ford jumped: 10%. in washington, the threat of a government shutdown is over-- at least for now. the republican-controlled house today approved legislation to keep the government funded for two more weeks. the senate will go along. a temporary fix while the two parties try to reach a long-term spending agreement. and still ahead here on the "cbs evening news," an artist's vision is that is much more than meets the eye. but up next, teachers, tenure, and a union under fire. it's pain relief without the pills.